Just a snippet of my current reading, if your weary heart needs a lift today:
“One autumn, a ruby-throat, on its lonely, five-hundred-mile migration—a journey across the gulf of Mexico, which can demand twenty-one hours of nonstops flight—landed, spent, on a drilling platform on the Mississippi coast. The oil company dispatched a helicopter to fly it to shore. The hummingbird spent the winter in a gardener’s greenhouse, then left, fat and healthy, on its spring migration.”
—Sy Montgomery, The Hummingbirds’ Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings
Cannot help thinking that sometimes we are the hummingbird at the end of our strength; sometimes we are the oil company with mighty means of helping another living creature…if we but see.
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I’m definitely the hummingbird today and my daughter has been the helicopter. I got a flat tire while visiting two of my daughters. My son in law changed the tire and my middle daughter took me to 3 tire places. I am worried about the burden to them but feel buoyed by their strength.
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Many days we are all the hummingbird, out of steam and hoping for a place to rest our weary selves… the helicopters that come, that are provided or sent, are astounding. I think of being in the hands of God. I said that to my grandfather at his last – God has you in his hand. He said, “There’s no better place to be.” The children’s care for you is part of that – rest in it. Strength to you, friend.
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Fran, this is filled with such spiritual allegory and is delightful to read. Sy is a favorite of mine! And your watching your own hummingbirds lately has whet your bird-loving appetite for the beauty of their stories. I adore this piece. I am a hummingbird for sure, getting myself into predicaments where God sends a helicopter. I’m so blessed by your writing. Have you read World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil?
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I am glad you see the spiritual connections, Kim – but of course! I haven’t read World of Wonders but now I must… thank you always for your keen insights, your words, and recommendations! I am grateful for them all.